Photoshop: Create files and layers from many selections in one go

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Imagine we would select many rectangular areas of an image using the marquee tool and could simply say:

a) create a file from an every selection
b) create a layer from an every selection

Alternative: This could be a further version of the cropping tool, which would additionally allow that even overlapping selections are understood as different images.

This all would be great, especially when we are collecting visual effects/textures/ideas or samples of optical phenomena for design research purposes

Thanks, Michael
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»a) create a file from an every selection
b) create a layer from an every selection«
I think I understand what you mean (a mock-up or screenshot might help make it clearer, though), but your terminology seems to be off.
Even an arbitrary number of selected »areas« nonetheless make up one Selection.

Anyway one can achieve or approximate what I think you are after with Scripting already.
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You are right, I didn't explain my idea very clear. So yes, even if we select many "areas" this is currently just one selection. And here is my point:

1.I'd like to can quickly do many different selections one after another during the same "work-step", e.g. holding down a special key or using a new kind of selector. This would result in something like a group of many distinct selections, and not many "areas" as part of the same single selection.

2. Then I would like to can quickly transform the whole group of distinct selections into different files (and/or layer). An this in one go.

I need all these image details as separate pictures for using them within special research software and both steps: 1.Many quick selections in one step and 2.Transforming the whole selection swarm into files in one go would make me much, much quicker.

It would be great, when there would be already a script for that, but it would be even greater, when Photoshop itself would allow multiple selections and transformation in one go.

Michael
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»1.I'd like to can quickly do many different selections one after another during the same "work-step", e.g. holding down a special key or using a new kind of selector. This would result in something like a group of many distinct selections, and not many "areas" as part of the same single selection.«
If you are talking rectangular or elliptical selections the easiest way for this would probably be using the Rectangle or Ellipse Tools as one Path may consist of many subPathItems which can be addressed/processed individually.

»I need all these image details as separate pictures for using them within special research software«
Would you mind post a lores version of an image and the clippings you want to produce from it? Because quite frankly I’m a bit mystified as to what it is you are doing – just curious.
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Thanks for your thoughts. The slice tool could theoretically work for me. But there is something I'd have to found out: Is there a way to only export the needed slices and not the whole swarm of automatically calculated cuttings?

With regard to your second question, the situation should already be quite clear: I'd like to do many distinct rectangular selections in one step and save all these cuttings as separate files in one go.

Just two sample scenarios where I need such multiple selections:

1. We often use a whiteboard to visualize diverse structures and talk about. There are lots of small sketches we generate, and the most efficient way to digitalize them as notes for our researches, is to take a single photo from the whole board and not from an every single drawing. We need this overview photo, but we also sometimes need the single sketches as separate images. A multiple selector and exporter within Photoshop would be much quicker than taking hundreds of photos for an every small sketch.

2. Diverse other photographs we take and later analyze, contain different aspects we need to separately consider: e.g. an interesting visual effect or texture, structures and shapes, persons and and and... In the most cases an every single photo contains many interesting aspects. So we would need to quickly do many distinct selections in one step and create separate files... of course in one go.

Míchael
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With regard to the rectangle tool, I don't know exactly how it could help me to quickly do many selections, which could be easy exported as separate images. Will look a little if there are details I'm currently missing.
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If you want to give it a try I could send you a Script that uses a path to pretty much achieve what I think you are after.
You could contact me via private message in the user-to-user Forum:
http://forums.adobe.com/people/c.pfaf...
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If the Rectangle Tool is set to »Path« instead of for example »Shape layers« one can create a Path with many rectangular subPathItems – because the Selection is not really necessary here and the subPathItems are easier to address individually.
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The problem is solved! The slice tool was the answer.

The possibility to save only user defined slices was still there. It was my fault, I permanently overlooked this option. Nevertheless: thank you for your thoughts and help!

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One single aspect could be better and quicker: there should be a shortcut for saving user defined slices, so that we don't need to open any save dialogs. We would only open them, when there are new/special wishes.

The shortcut could be an entry in the context menu of our slice tool.

Thanks, Michael